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Join this 8-day Arctic adventure aboard the rare and innovative Le Boreal, a yacht that embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and well-being. Step aboard in Tromsø and set sail to Spitsbergen for a memorable experience discovering beautiful landscapes, jagged mountains, and valleys. Explore the island's unique nature and navigate through icebergs, massive glaciers, and glacier toes while accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tromsø | Embark
Day 2 : Bjørnøya, Bear Island
Day 3 : Hornsund
Day 4 : Bellsund
Day 5 : Magdalena Bay | Sailing towards the ice floe
Day 6 : Monaco Glacier
Day 7 : Ny Alesund | Cross Fjord
Day 8 : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Observe numerous sea birds seeking shelter on the island's cliffs
  • Experience Spitsbergen's summer days, a time where sun never sets
  • Explore Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago
  • Visit Monaco Glacier, a place where polar bears and whales can be seen

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Spitsbergen Compagnie du Ponant The stunning fjords of Norway Birds soar above colorful buildings in the Norwegian fjords Spitsbergen Compagnie du Ponant A small home in the Norwegian fjords

Day 1 Tromsø | Embark

Fly from Paris to Tromso, Norway, on a European airline. Arrive in Tromsø and transfer to Le Boreal for a late afternoon embarkation. As the gateway to Svalbard, Tromsø is the departure point for polar expeditions. Here, the infinite shades of blue and white blend and mingle endlessly. Fishing villages, fragrant botanic gardens, and crystal-clear waterfalls are just some of the wonders that make this Arctic capital way up in Norway’s north so beautiful. Do not miss your chance to discover the Arctic Cathedral, a fascinating example of Scandinavian architecture whose remarkably bold lines call to mind a great white ship standing proudly, facing the old town.

Day 2 Bjørnøya, Bear Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen. The remote island is 178 km2, and relatively barren, but still fascinating. There is little plant growth, consisting mostly of moss and some scurvy grass, but no trees. Arctic fox are the only indigenous land mammals. Despite its name, Bear Island is not a permanent residence of polar bears, although many arrive with the expanding pack ice in the winter. Occasionally, a bear stays behind when the ice retreats in spring and remains through the summer months. Ringed seal and bearded seal, prey of the polar bear, live in the waters near Bjørnøya, while multitudes of seabirds nest on the southern cliffs.

Day 3 Hornsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the country’s south, Hornsund offers an extraordinary spectacle: the permanent daylight illuminates the glaciers to reveal all of their beauty, while polar bears tirelessly roam the region.

Day 4 Bellsund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head to the Bellsund Fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys.

Day 5 Magdalena Bay | Sailing towards the ice floe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail to Magdalena Bay towards the ice floe.

Day 6 Monaco Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Monaco Glacier, located in the northwest of the Svalbard Archipelago, which is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honor of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the translucent water. To make the magical landscape even more perfect, you might be lucky enough to spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.

Day 7 Ny Alesund | Cross Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Ny Alesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small village was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don’t miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world. Cross Fjord reveals its typically Arctic setting, made up of plutonic rock and tundra. Experience the wild beauty of a remote land which many species of endemic wildlife have chosen as a haven.

Day 8 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell to your fellow passgeners and Le Boreal crew and start your journey back home. Fly from Longyearbyen to Paris on a European airline.

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$6,075
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Prestige or Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phon

Notes

Children Welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24h Room service (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer 
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Complimentary boot rental on select cruises

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Cruise packages Tromso-Longyearbyen, roundtrip flight from/to Paris on European airline
• Meet and Greet representatives at the destination airport, transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
• All flights indicated and included in the cruise package are in economy class
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise.

Cruise fares do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
• Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Port and safety taxes
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
• Luggage handling
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
• Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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